Thanksgiving Table Setting Dedicated to My Mother
My mother taught me the art of table setting many years ago. I loved our family holiday dinners growing up because her table was always exquisite and well thought out. Dining was an experience of both good food and beauty. I’m honored to be part of this week’s Fall Tablescape Tour with other bloggers so that I can honor my mother by dedicating this Thanksgiving Table Setting to her. She’s still living, but suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Last year, I chose a neutral color palette for my Thanksgiving Table Setting.
This year I opted for something different … blue and white!
This year’s table setting is special; I’m using Mom’s china and crystal that she gave me years ago.
My mother and I always shopped together for dinnerware, glasses, and silverware.
It was so much fun putting pieces together and playing with colors of tablecloths and place mats.
My mother’s China pattern is Spring Field by Noritake and the stemware is Waterford Crystal.
I decided to pull out the blue in the China by using blue place mats and blue-trimmed linen napkins.
A small spray of creamy roses in a blue-tinted glass bottle lends a feminine touch.
The flatware is Tudor Plate by Oneida Community that I’ve collected from the flea market.
I like to mix rustic with elegant so added a bow of twine with stalks of wheat.
Acorns collected from outside wear simple name tags for place cards.
The blue theme continues with the centerpiece. A little crate I transformed last year takes center stage.
I stuffed it with aqua-colored bottles, candles, and wine corks.
A French graphic was transferred on each end of the crate.
I love the way the sunlight is softly captured by the vintage glass bottles.
The hearts on the bottles represent the love and appreciation I have for my mother.
We’ve always been close. I always think of her as my best friend.
Blue and white may not be your typical Thanksgiving setting, but I’m enjoying its fresh appeal.
The table cloth is actually a mattelasse coverlet!
The glow of candles on the table invokes coziness and warmth – even on a cold day!
It was below freezing this morning … and by Sunday it will be 60 degrees.
I’m not sure what pattern the Waterford crystal is, but my mother loves it.
I’m honored she blessed me with her China and stemware. One day my daughters will have it.
I created coasters for my mother’s Waterford crystal to sit on.
Circles of scrapbook paper and book pages are layered and glued together with Mod Podge.
Landscape burlap webbing creates a makeshift table runner.
As Thanksgiving dinner progresses, the day will fade and dusk will settle in.
I’m so grateful my mother taught me the art of table setting.
I learned so many things from her, but most importantly, I learned what unconditional love feels like.
So it seems only fitting to honor Mom by dedicating this year’s Thanksgiving table setting to her!
Stop back tomorrow for a Thanksgiving soup recipe I’m sharing as part of a Blogger’s Progressive Dinner!
Finally, be sure to visit the other gorgeous tablescapes on this week’s tour!
Fall Tablescape Tour Schedule:
Monday, Nov 11th
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
On Sutton Place
Tuesday, Nov 12th
Home Is Where the Boat Is
Wednesday, November 13
The Everyday Home
At The Picket Fence
Between Naps On The Porch
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Thursday, November 14
The Lilypad Cottage
Atta Girl Says
All Things Heart And Home
Top This Top That
Town And Country Living
Here’s the schedule for our Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner with loads of recipes for you!
Just Paint It
The Everyday Home
Designer’s Sweet Spot
Table Decor and Ideas
Creating This Life
My Soulful Home
Major Hoff Takes a Wife
Deja Vue Designs
Friday, November 15th
Town and Country Living
Just Us Four
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Fresh Idea Studio
Designed by BH
First Home Love Life
All Things Heart and Home
Lilacs and Longhorns
House on the Way
Dukes and Duchesses
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This is beautiful, I adore your centerpiece with the bottles and the soft glow from the candles! Sharing & pinning!
Jennifer- your table is lovely as is your heart and love for your mom! Happy Thanksgiving!
It is an absolutely beautiful table. I love the blue and white, Jennifer. Rustic elegance is a fabulous mix.
One of neatest places I worked was a May Company store, in the china, crystal, silver department. I had so much fun helping people find just the right settings for their tables. I never grew tired of that and continue to enjoy experimenting with different settings.
So pretty, Jennifer. Love the rustic with the elegant.
Jennifer, your mother taught you well. And what a wonderful tribute to her. I hope she is still around to read it.
And I spotted that heart right away in the first photo and knew it must be special. I love everything about your table, but that little detail made it for me.
I inherited my mom’s china as well, and I used it at Easter. I also inherited her crystal which I actually used with my rustic fall tablescape. I love the memories these precious treasures invoke. You did a great job of telling a story and sharing your beautiful table. Thank you!
this is gorgeous and a lovely tribute to your Mother too. I hope you will share it at my hop today xo
My mom thought I would never “want that old stuff” referring to her china so she sold it for $50 bucks to a young guy who came to work on her house once. After she died I came across the thank you note from the guy scribbled on an envelope. He said his wife loved it. So that is my keepsake instead.
What a lovely tablescape tribute to your mother!
You did such a beautiful job Jennifer with your tribute to your mom!! You really hit it right with all the details!!!
Jennifer, this is so beautiful and what a truly lovely tribute to your Mom. She sounds so special and how wonderful that you could shop together for dishware, glasses and such. Wonderful memories! Bless you and your family this Thanksgiving!
What a lovely tribute!
What a beautiful table.
What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Jennifer. Your table is just lovely and I too love mixing rustic and elegant together.
Gorgeous table….I love every detail of it, and how you dedicated it to your Mother 🙂 A very special lady indeed.